Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm No Longer A Hunter

Now I am a killer! It has been at least 25 years since I last killed a deer. It's a bit dis-heartening to a person who is so serious about hunting to go year after year after year and keep coming home with nothing to show for their efforts except a few scratches from the briars and a thousand beggar lice hanging on their clothes. Why do you think we call this thing "hunting"? 'Cause that's what we do! We hunt. And hunt. And hunt again! I've often said to my friends, "I'm not a killer. I'm just a hunter." But from yesterday at 12:35p, right after lunch, I became a killer. The .270 Ruger is a deadly weapon. A nice clean shot high on the shoulder and this buck was on the ground. he kicked for about five minutes while my heart ran at break-neck speed. By the time my blood slowed back to normal the deer was not moving and was waiting for me to prepare him for the journey to our Christmas table - via the butcher shop!!! Boys and Girls, I WAS EXCITED!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Blog Entry Overdue

Yes, I know I should be blogging more. However, I'm having too much fun at the moment. Here's a link though - that I thought you all should see. The early days of mass production in the USA were modern miracles. To better understand that statement, here is a link to watch. It's quite amazing, really.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Halloween is the night before "All Saints Day". I read that halloween is a result of a contraction of the words "Hallowed Evening", shortened to "Hallowed Eve" and finally to "Halloween". Its a night that celebrates fictitious characters, ghosts and goblins. I don't think the three that visited our home could have been ghosts or goblins! They were much too sweet for that. However, they may have been "gobblers" if that is what you call people that love to gobble down the treats!

Could this be "Spider Girl"?

Spider Girl with a strong right arm?

Who is it? I know he has a big bag for treats and it is stuffed!

This bag was empty at first - but left happy. See that smile?

Yep, that pumpkin is about to eat the contents of the whole bowl !!!

The sweet "goblins" that visited here on Halloween! One of our grand-daughters is dressed as a little ole "Granny". The other as "Spider Girl" and our great-grandson is dressed in a costume I don't recognize. I'm told it is a character from a TV cartoon. Do you watch children's cartoons?

On a special night, disguised cleverly, one can keep getting more and more candy without being scolded!

"Nana and Poppaw" seem to be having as much fun as the children.

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Cleveland, TN, United States
I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

TheCabin on Day One

TheCabin on Day One
Fred Alton